Why do they refer to the first Sino-Japanese war as the “First” Sino Japanese war?

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Why do they refer to the first Sino-Japanese war as the “First” Sino Japanese war?

Post by Scott103 » 27 Sep 2021 08:26

With the power of hindsight of course we know that there were two Sino-japanese wars in 1894 and 1937. However, especially in one of Otonoshin’s flashbacks in the manga, they referred to the First Sino Japanese war as THE First Sino Japanese war instead of just the Sino Japanese war.
Was this to help readers differentiate between the two? Because if it is, it should have inferred beforehand it was the 1894 one instead of the 1937 one. Or was it just an oversight made by the author or even just a translation mistake when it was translated into english.

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Re: Why do they refer to the first Sino-Japanese war as the “First” Sino Japanese war?

Post by Waleed Y. Majeed » 27 Sep 2021 10:57

Why is the “great war” called WW1…? My guess (as some sources do call it the Sino-Japanese war) name the first war #1 and second #2. I would say it was simply the “Sino-Japanese war” until second conflict was fought.
French wiki has it names as the “S-J” war and further down in the text as the “Premiere”, so borh are used.

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Re: Why do they refer to the first Sino-Japanese war as the “First” Sino Japanese war?

Post by Cantankerous » 17 Feb 2022 00:26

Scott103 wrote:
27 Sep 2021 08:26
With the power of hindsight of course we know that there were two Sino-japanese wars in 1894 and 1937. However, especially in one of Otonoshin’s flashbacks in the manga, they referred to the First Sino Japanese war as THE First Sino Japanese war instead of just the Sino Japanese war.
Was this to help readers differentiate between the two? Because if it is, it should have inferred beforehand it was the 1894 one instead of the 1937 one. Or was it just an oversight made by the author or even just a translation mistake when it was translated into english.
The First Sino-Japanese War was fought between China and Japan over over influence in Joseon Korea, and the Treaty of Shimonoseki that ended the war led to Japanese exerting greater influence over Korea and China ceding Formosa (now Taiwan), Penghu, and the Liaodong Peninsula. The second Sino-Japanese War that started in 1937 was to pit China against any Japanese attempts to conquer more Chinese territory.

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